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People and bushfires (series)
Ignorance isn't bliss

Many of us are not well informed about bushfires, a situation fuelled by media stories concentrating on the human impact of extreme fires such as those that devastated Canberra in 2003. Dr Cuong Tran explores the relationship between people and fires and finds that ignorance is not bliss
The Understanding Communities bushfire specific program

Dr Alison Cottrell introduces the Understanding Communities, a bushfire specific program at James Cook University that looks at the social aspects of such a disaster.
Understanding Communities program: Tambourine Mountain Case Study

Dr Alison Cottrell, from the Centre for Disaster Studies at James Cook University, discusses the findings from bushfire research at Tambourine Mountain in SE Queensland. Dr Cottrell discusses similarities and differences in the perceptions of the fire services and the community about the fire risks in the area.
A fitting focus

Bushfire CRC work is moving towards a multidisciplinary approach with exercise scientists (like Dr Brad Aisbett) working together with emergency service workers as well as people with expertise in occupational health and safety and legislative issues like anti-discrimination from a disabilities point of view.
Animal attachments and natural disasters

Dr Kirrilly Thompson, from Central Queensland University’s Atherton Institute in South Australia, explains new research on the interactions between animals and humans in natural disasters. The ultimate aim of the research is to develop guidelines for emergency services personnel and public educators about the kinds of information pet owners need to be given (and how it is delivered) in order for them to be better prepared in natural disasters.
 

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